Georgia winery takes top honors in international wine competition

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Sip, savor and swirl award-winning wines in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery.

Just over an hour’s drive from Atlanta in Dahlonega, the Winery at Wolf Mountain offers spectacular views with European-style flair, as well as red and white varietals that won top honors at the San Francisco International Wine Competition recently.

The San Francisco International Wine Competition, founded in 1980, is the oldest American wine competition and only second in the world to the International Wine and Spirits Competition. More than 20 judges gathered in Nov. 2021 in San Francisco to evaluate and score over 2900 wines from around the world.

Wolf Mountain Vineyards won “Best in Show Sparkling” as well as “Best Blanc de Blancs” with their 2020 Méthode Champenoise Blanc de Blanc Brut, Dahlonega Plateau. The sparkling wine, which costs $36, received 95 points and a Double Gold medal.

In the red wine competition, the winery’s 2016 Claret Estate Grown Red Blend, Dahlonega Plateau was selected as “Best Premium Non-Bordeaux Blend” over $25. The wine, which sells for $48, received 97 points and a Double Gold medal.

The San Francisco International Wine Competition described it as “a full-bodied wine, that offers both balance and weight” with notes of “rich chocolate and dark espresso on the nose along with rich red and black fruit, and hints of prune.”

The wines can be purchased online at or onsite at the winery where you can enjoy the full vineyard experience.